Saturday, January 8, 2011

Christmas and New Years

I know its a little late...I have been meaning to blog for quite awhile now. I have a ton of pictures to share with everyone from Christmas time so I'll just start right in... Before the Christmas break my staff and I decided that we wanted to buy Christmas for all the families that were enrolled at my preschool. For those of you who don't know the preschool program I am in is for low in come families that are either trying to learn English or finish up their schooling. Many of the families have little to no income and they are so hard working that we wanted to surprise them with Christmas! It took a couple months to plan and put together but it was a blast and the families were so appreciative. Here are a few pictures from the project. (Also thank you to all who donated money or took on a family to provide Christmas for! I couldn't have done it with out you! We were able to provide Christmas for 20 families!)

Wrapping up all the gifts!

The big bag of presents for all the families! The office was full of them!

Some of the kids from my preschool before the Christmas party.

This is me and two of my staff members! It was so fun to work with them on this project! It was a lot of work but we did it!

After school got out it was time to get ready for the holidays and family to come...but before we get to that I would like to introduce all of you to Bobby. He is our new cat...against my parents desires. As in mostly my Dad. You see what happened is that Bobby came to our house one day looking really hungry and lost. My parents continually kept saying ... "We can't feed him or he will stay around and we are not having a cat as a pet!" Well, a couple days past and every time I went to the door Bobby was standing there looking at me with his sad eyes and I could tell he was just starving. I couldn't do it anymore! I am too much of an animal lover. I secretly gave Bobby some tuna fish. Then it just went down hill from there. We started letting him in the house so he wasn't so cold and now ... we have a pet cat. Despite my parents not wanting a pet they have actually really enjoyed B0bby. The grandkids all go nuts over him and just love him to death. They decided Bobby needed to have a middle name. So they all call him Bobby Rock.

Im a major dog lover...I never have really liked cats. But Bobby Rock has grown on me.

Now to Christmas festivities... My family had two Christmas Eve celebrations and then waited til the day after Christmas to celebrate Christmas. We did this because my sisters family couldn't make it down because of conflicts with Marks work. So...we did a Christmas eve celebration on Christmas eve...and then another when everyone was able to be there. Anyway here are pictures from all the Christmas events that went on this season.

Some of my nephews watching the polar express after our big Christmas Eve Dinner. I thought it was a cute picture.

Christmas Eve PJ's. We did our first Christmas eve celebration at my brothers house in St. George.

My nephew Eli did a performance for us on the piano. Ha.

Mom Dad and Grandma Lyman enjoying the Christmas Eve happenings.

Now these are the pictures from Christmas Eve where EVERYONE was able to make it...

Acting out the Nativity Scene

Everyone listening to Grandma Keate tell the traditional Christmas Eve story we read of my Grandpa Lyman being born on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Pajamas #2. Don't I have the cutest nieces and nephews?

The mass chaos of opening presents

It was such a fun Christmas. I'm glad all of my family was able to make it. We had a great time. I brought in the new year with all my friends watching all 3 Lord of the Rings movies in a day plus lots of games and food. It was a lot of fun. 2010 was a good year but I'm looking forward to see what 2011 has in store for me! Happy New Year!